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Wooden Shjips
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Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.


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Tonight is going to be a very auspicious musical occasion. The legendary Paisely Underground band, Rain Parade will be performing at Brick and Mortar Music Hall tonight.

Local veteran psych bands, The Asteroid #4 and California Raga Association will be supporting Rain Parade along with Britpop band, Powder and San Francisco shoegaze staple Joel Gion who will be DJing throughout the entire show.

This evening will be a night of nostalgia and a time for younger music lovers to discover music that defined an era in the West Coast music scene. A large chunk of the town will be heading to this show so make sure you get there a little early so you can get close to the stage! -je

August 31, 2014
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Luke Sweeney will be celebrating his album release at Brick and Mortar Music Hall in San Francisco TONIGHT. Sweeney's full length debut album, Adventure: Us is complete and ready for your consumption so you should definitely go out and celebrate the occasion!

This San Francisco based musician is awesome and his music videos and singles have been great indications of what his full album has to offer. Again, we totally suggest you make it a solid plan to head to Brick and Mortar Music Hall and celebrate this hardworking musician's accomplishments thus far!

August 30, 2014
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Oakland based electronic trap musician, RZN8R has released a new music video entitled, Tell Me. This post modern Alice in Wonderland-esque short film scenerio stars three young women (Melissa Hyatt, Heather Carlson and Katie Mroczek) who gather in a graffiti laced abandoned haven to have a weird psychedelic tea party. Upon drinking a blue elixir, the women's bodies begin to contort in strange ways. Directed by Haylee Warner, the music video is mind altering and RZN8R's music guides you through the tripped out storyline. What more can you want?

If you like what you see, you can check out RZN8R at his upcoming live dates in San Francisco and Oakland.

September 18th — Neck of the Woods – San Francisco
November 7th— Warehouse416 — Oakland

Tell Me from Haylee Warner on Vimeo.

August 29, 2014
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​The heavy, in-your-face, punk positive - riff blaring San Francisco based band, Spider Heart will be performing an acoustic set this Friday, August 29th. Yes, you read right: Spider Heart will be playing their very first acoustic show at a small venue in the heart of the city called, The Vortex Room. If you've seen ​this band perform live, you know that their unplugged set is going to be a really amazing experience.

The softer, quieter Spider Heart will be sharing a bill with Paula Frazer, Zoe Blank and San Pond. The Vortex Room is a cozy little venue, but if you're looking to find a place where you can express yourself loudly and stretch your legs across the aisles of the room, you may want to skip this event. It takes a level of diplomacy and grace to experience a show at The Vortex Room.

You'll be sitting in close quarters with music connoisseurs and friends and family. Do your best not to miss this show! It will be one of those unique nights that you'll remember for a long time. -je

August 27, 2014
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Well, this is one of those shows you aren't going to want to miss. We could dress it up and say it in a million fancy ways but the fact is that on October 3rd, The Felice Brothers and Spirit Family Reunion co-headlining a show at The Chapel in San Francisco is kind of a big deal. Not to mention this announcement guarentees a promising and potent Indie Americana rock show.

The Felice Brothers are embarking on a massive fall tour after releasing their full length album, Favorite Waitress.

The Deli Magazine San Francisco is the first to announce this show and we're completely excited to share the news. Make sure you order advanced tickets through The Chapel's website! We hope to see you there!!

August 26, 2014
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There is an exciting local show coming up TONIGHT. San Francisco based music venue, Bottom of the Hill will be hosting a night of local alternative rock with Punisher, The Twitches, Clumsy Concentration and False Priest.

Full on local shows are so rare to find (Punisher has recently moved to Oregon, but their hometown is San Francisco), so it's nice to see the music community coming together as a full line up.

Clumsy Concentration is a hardworking teenage band making their way up the local music ranks. They'll probably find moderate success before they can drive a car or drink. Shout out to the cool parents who support them! Punisher is a garage pop band who, as mentioned, are traveling down south from Eugene, Oregon to return to their Bay Area roots to play this gig. The Twitches is a slightly eerie pop alternative band. Their music is fast paced and will have you shuffling around the dance floor! False Priest is an established Bay Area band whose music goes from being heavy and grungy to minimal and anti folk. Their eclectic style is fun and interesting, and their lyrics are super dark and ironic. We like it!

You won't want to miss this show!

August 26, 2014
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